- Quikwood is a two part resin. When mixed together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure. It will fully cure in 24 hours.
- Only cut off as much as you need at a time.
- Make sure it is thoroughly mixed together (no swirls of color) or it will not cure.
- Do not wear jewelry especially rings when working with QW.
- Apply Avon Silicone Glove before starting and as needed when working with the QW.
- Use DecoArt Extender to blend QW being careful not to use too much or it will make your QW gummy.
- Wipe project with baby wipe before painting to remove oils.
Video on Quikwood Basics:
For larger bunny insert 3/8” dowel cut 2” long into pointy end of 4” Styrofoam egg, and then place 1.5” ball on top of dowel leaving 3/8” for the neck. For smaller bunny insert 1/8” dowel cut 1.5” long into pointy end of 2.5” Styrofoam egg, and then place 1” ball on top of dowel leaving ¼” for the neck.
Mix up 1/8” of QW and divide into 2 with the one piece being larger. Use larger portion for the larger bunny and the smaller piece for the small bunny. Divide larger piece in two and roll into small coil about 1” long for the larger bunny. Wrap around bottom of neck and blend into egg and then dowel. Blend until smooth using extender if needed. Roll second ball of QW into coil and wrap under head, blend onto ball and down dowel. Shape making sure to keep neck thin and have QW blended onto the egg and ball. Repeat for smaller bunny rolling the coil to ¾”. Allow to cure.
Making parts and pieces for bunnies:
For the larger rabbit mix ¼” of QW and for the smaller bunny mix 1/8” of QW. To make teeth for larger bunny pull off a very small piece and roll into a ball and flatten. Pull on one edge to make bevel and use fingers or tool to square off three edges. The teeth should be about 3/16” wide. Using blade press mark in center of clay to indicate separation between teeth. For the smaller bunny pull off a very small piece and rolling a ball and then flatten. These teeth should be about 1/16” wide or just slightly more. Pull on one edge to make bevel with fingers. You can shape teeth the same way you did the larger bunnies or you can use your blade to cut the edges to the size you want. Use blade to make separation line between teeth. Allow to cure.
For the larger bunnies ears divide the clay in two and roll into a coil with pointy ends about 1 ¾” long. Make sure the top of the ears have a nice point on them. Gently flatten with hands. Lay toothpick in the middle of each ear and then press into place. Slid toothpick down ear, leaving about 3/8” of the tip of the toothpick in the bottom of ear. Pinch and blend end of ears to toothpick. Put timer on for 5 minutes. Lift up and fold over one of the larger rabbits ears.
For the smaller bunnies ears divide the clay in two. Then divide one piece of clay into two and roll each into a coil with pointy ends about ¾” long. Make sure the top of the ears have a nice point on them. Gently flatten with hands. Lay toothpick in the middle of each ear and then press into place. Slid toothpick down ear, leaving about 1/4” of the tip of the toothpick on the bottom of ear. Pinch and blend end of ears to toothpick.
With remaining clay pull off small piece of clay and roll into a ball and then make pointy oval shape like a paint brush. Attach to end of toothpick. Roll remaining piece into an oval and flatten on parchment paper. Using tip of pencil or tool place hole in palette. Blend brush to handle using extender.
Allow all pieces to cure.
For large bunny insert two 6” lengths of ¼” dowel into bottom of body. Note: I did trim my legs to 5”, if you would like to trim them before inserting them you could. For small bunny insert two 5” lengths of ¼” dowel into bottom of body. Note: I did trim my legs to 4.5”, if you would like to trim them before inserting them you could. Don’t place legs too close together or they will be harder to stand. Mix ½” of QW and divide into 2 with one piece being larger than the other. Divide the larger piece of QW in 2 and roll into a 1” coil. Wrap around top of leg, shape and blend onto body and then onto wooden dowel, using extender. Repeat for second leg. Divide remaining clay in 2 and use to attach the small bunnies legs the same as the large bunny. Allow to cure.
Adding face and ears:
Mix up 1” of QW and divide in 4. Use ¼” to cover the face of the smaller bunny. Roll clay into a ball and then start pressing and pinching to make a flat pancake Lay on front of face and begin pressing and blending over head, using extender if needed. Keep blending until clay is evenly distributed and smooth. Trim toothpicks on ears to ½” and then insert into head. Blend clay around ears if needed.
Use 3” to cover the face of the large bunny. Roll clay into a ball and then start pressing and pinching to make a flat pancake Lay on front of face and begin pressing and blending over head, using extender if needed. Keep blending until clay is evenly distributed and smooth. Trim toothpicks on ears to ½” and then insert into head. Blend clay around ears if needed. Allow to cure.
Adding faces (See Video):
Mix ¼” QW and pull off two 5/16” balls for larger bunny’s muzzle. Place on face and gently press. Slide teeth under the center of then and press again. Pull off 3/8” ball for nose and press with fingers to made triangular, sit on face between top of muzzle.
Pull off two 1/4” balls for smaller bunny’s muzzle. Place on face and gently press. Slide teeth under the center of then and press again. Pull off 1/8” ball for nose and press with fingers to made triangular, sit on face on top of muzzle.
Take remaining QW wood and pull off small piece and flatten it and blend it on areas of the bunnies that are still Styrofoam. Continue until the bunnies are covered cutting more QW as needed.
For larger bunny tail mix ¾” of QW and roll into a ball. Press onto back of bunny. Using figure or tool pat to put small indents in tail. For smaller bunny mix ¼” QW and roll into a ball. Attach and finish as the large bunny.
Add large bunnies arms:
Press small egg (1.8”) bunny is holding against hard surface to flatten. Mix up 3/8” of QW and cover like you did for bunny body. Mix additional if needed.
For arms mix up 1” of QW, pull off small piece about ¼” ball. Divide remaining clay in two and roll into a long cone/coil about 4” long that is thinned at the shoulders. Lay on parchment paper. Gently pat to flatten. Pull off small piece and roll into a small cone for thumb. Lay to side of hand and blend into place. Repeat for other thumb. Roll remaining clay into ball and flatten and blend to back of egg. Attach egg to bunny body. Start with bunny’s left arm and place on body starting at the shoulder, bend at elbow and place hand on egg. Place right arm on shoulder and bend at elbow and place hand to bottom of the egg. When happy with the placement gently pat in place. Allow to cure.
Adding Small Bunnies’ Arms:
For arms mix up 3/8” of QW, pull off small piece about ¼” ball. Divide remaining clay in two and roll into a long /coil about 3” long that is thinned at the shoulders. Lay on parchment paper. Gently pat to flatten. Pull off small piece and roll into a small cone for thumb. Let sit for five minutes so that they will be easier to work with. Mix up a sliver of QW.
The palette is going to be in the bunny’s left hand and it will be holding the paint brush in its left hand. The hand will be up so that it can paint the egg. Lay arms on each side of body and attach at shoulders.
Wait 5 more minutes, while waiting attach paintbrush into bunny’s right hand and insert bunny’s hand under the palette with its thumb on top. Use small piece of QW under palette and blend into place to hold up palette.
After waiting an additional 5 minutes lift arm into position and also palette. Keep holding arms until they are cured. Use some of the extra clay to put three little balls for paint on your palette.
If you have not trimmed the length of your legs you can do so now if desired. I trimmed ½” off of my smaller bunny and 1” off of my larger bunny. This way the bunny is lined up with the egg.
Stand bunnies on parchment paper and mark the end of the dowel with a pencil on the paper.
For the large bunny mix up ¾” of QW and divide into two balls. Roll into a ball and then begin making a cone shape. Then begin pressing and patting with fingers until you get a foot shape that is about 1 ¼” long. Make second foot. Lay so that the heel of the foot is over the mark on the parchment paper. Using tool cut front of foot to make three toes by cutting from front to back. Stand bunny in clay and prop to hold in place while feet cures. Make small bunny feet the same way using 3/8” of QW and make ¾” long. Allow to cure.
If your feet are loose, glue into place with super glue gel.
To finish feet on large bunny mix up ¼” of QW and divide into 2. Roll into a coil about 1 ¼” long and wrap around foot. Begin blending clay to foot using extender, then bend to leg. Repeat for second foot. Stand and allow to cure, propping if needed.
Finish small bunny’s feet the same way using 1/8” of QW and roll into a coil about 1” long. Allow to cure.
Once your bunnies have cured if they are having trouble standing mix a sliver of QW and place on bottom of feet to level. Blend into place and allow to cure.